Webday Wednesday - The Passive House Way to Net Zero Standards

For the month of November, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Towards Zero-Energy Buildings.


Title: The Passive House Way to Net Zero Standards
Date: November 4, 2020
Presenter: Sonia Zouari


The urgency of climate change puts many things into very different perspectives than what we are used to. Energy saving benefits are well known since the oil crisis in the 70’s and the agenda was; the more we save, the better but even saving a little is good! Now under a climate emergency scenario, doing a little is no longer enough, it may even prevent more ambitious action as it creates a lock-in effect and unable us to achieve 80 by 50 carbon reduction goal affordably in the future. The international passive house standard will be presented as a tool to achieve up to a factor 10 improvement in heating energy consumption for existing buildings, and a robust, systemic and streamlined pathway to deliver net zero energy ready building performance that will enable an affordable, fiscally responsible electrification along with smart renewable energy grid integration. Throughout the presentation we will look at opportunities for efficiency by design solutions. Participants will walk away with a "tool box" on how they can leverage design to achieve high performance solutions and deliver a measurable contribution to environmental, social and economic prosperity. 


  • Evaluate the potential and co-benefits of Passive House to achieve Net Zero standards and deliver SU+RE (sustainable and resilient) buildings
  • Apply passive house retrofit pathways and avoid locking into long term poor efficiency scenarios 
  • Design responsibly using the passive house methodology to deliver efficiency by design
  • Differentiate between passive solar and passive house design 


Sonia Zouari, OAA, OAQ, CPHD Trainer, LEED GA, EcoDistricts AP
Contemporary Architect, Parks Canada Agency

As the Certified Passive House Designer and co-project Architect of the first Passive House Certified MURB in Canada’s cold climate, Sonia is a recognised expert in sustainable design. Her contributions to Ontario’s built environment and the architectural profession have also been acknowledged by the Ontario Association of Architects blOAAg series 'Women in Architecture - Ontario' and Construction Specifications Canada National Award 2016. Sonia’s work focuses on high performance buildings. Her expertise overlap between Architecture, building science and energy modelling allows her to integrate project functional, contextual and environmental requirements seamlessly to develop holistic solutions, drive performance and deliver measurable success. 

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET

$50 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$75 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 4 at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Tuesday prior to the Webday webinar. 

*Purchase of webinars and events are non-transferable.

November 4, 2020 1:00 PM through  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 75.00 + $ 3.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 75.00 + $ 9.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 75.00 + $ 11.23 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 75.00 + $ 11.25 Sales Tax

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